Introduction: How to Make the Bobcat Paper Airplane

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A fast, long range, and small paper airplane, the Bobcat can also prove to be a satisfactory stunt plane too.

TAA USAF Designation: A13-1

Step 1: Materials

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1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper


Step 2: Length and Corner Folding

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Begin by folding your paper in half along its length. Then pull the corner into the center. Repeat on the other side.

Step 3: More Corner and Nose Folding

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Pull the nose down along the bottom of the corner folds. After completing that aspect, pull the corners in once again. Now fold the plane in half along its center.

Step 4: Security Fold Preparation

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Pull the tip of the nose to the outer-rear edge of the second set of corner folds. Then open the fuselage. Proceed to tuck the section you just folded inside, so that it reverses layers. After this is all complete, fold the fuselage back up  around it. It should then appear with the same profile as it does in the first photograph.

Step 5: Fold the Wings

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From the front to the back, fold the wing down as much as you can. It should then appear as it does in the first photo. Once you've repeated it on both sides, your Bobcat should appear as it does in the the second and third photographs.

Step 6: Make the Security Fold and Tape It

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Pull your Bobcat's security fold down along the wing root to one side or the other. After this is completed, open it up and then scrunch it down to where it meets itself using the inner and external centers. Flatten it out, then fold the overhang down to the bottom side of the wing. Tape these two sections of overhang to the bottom of the airfoil once they are in place.

Step 7: Fold the Winglets

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To make the winglets, fold the outer wing sections with the sharpest sweep up. Make sure they both remain parallel to the fuselage.

Step 8: Flight

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Flying the Bobcat is very simple and easy. Throw it at medium speed, and you are going to get excellent flight. One time to be very cautious with the plane is landing. Due to its fuselage's shape, the has a tendency to lay on its nose. 



bramblebee100 (author)2012-03-29

actually, its pretty easy.. i can make it less then 5 minutes.

heavyfire88 (author)2011-03-07

Cant just understand the third part -.- Really.

Understandable, the Bobcat is a fairly difficult plane to make (sometimes I have trouble making it myself). People who experience difficulty with the Raven are likely to find the Bobcat difficult too, or vice-versa. On this step, the folds are similar to that of the bigger Kingcobra (pictured).

Hope those help!

cxt1 (author)OrigamiAirEnforcer2011-05-18

They do help!

heavyfire88 (author)2011-03-08

Still have problems but hey...
Even the master have problems with it.. :D

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